On the Lion’s tour, every minute is important. Whether it’s during training, a team meeting, or a non-Test game, every single player wants to put themselves into contention for a Test jersey in a few weeks’ time.

every squad member will get the chance to start a non-Test game in the coming weeks, so I don’t put too much weight into the for this weekend’s game against the Emirates Lions. Nonetheless, here are the five players who I will be looking at especially closely.

  1. Jamie George

A year in the second tier of English…


There is a scene in Family Guy’s fifth season where Lois Griffin is running for Mayor. She simple says “” and it sends the crowd wild. She almost can’t believe how easy it is. This is, of course, a a parody for comedic purposes, because these days, Republican politicians can believe how easy it is.

Although this doesn’t appear in the clip, I can easily imagine a more cerebral, professorial type Democratic opponent launching into a wonky lecture about the destabilising effect the subsequent shift in US foreign policy had on the Middle East. …


But not in the way you think

Democratic politicians, left-leaning commentators, and their most politically engaged voters know that the Right’s equivalent don’t actually mean what they say. They understand that for people like Tucker Carlson to get the attention they get, they need to feed the venomous algorithm that rewards fear, irrespective of whether they believe the comments themselves. The Left’s big mistake is assuming that the rest of their voters see through this act, too.

Republicans, right-leaning commentators, and their most politically engaged voters, on the other hand, do not make that assumption. They assume instead that everyone takes everything seriously, they view it objectively…


American leadership in the 21st century.

According to former Secretary of State , the US is the “indispensable nation”. The benign equilibrium after the Cold War would, however, be interrupted by major escalations in inter and intra-state violence, stateless individual acts of terrorism, trends in global markets against manufacturing, China’s evolving attitude towards its world order, and, perhaps most crucially, the decreasing willingness and capacity from the US to play a role.

Nonetheless, the US still possesses an unrivalled military and large economy; it maintains alliances — although not unquestionably; it sets agenda, and attempts to promote universal values of free markets, human rights, and…


Those who haven’t carved out their niche will get more desperate.

Nearly two years ago, about how ridiculous the Democrats looked on the primary debate stage. At the time, there must have been nearly twenty candidates still in the race. It became a running jokes on Dem-supporting media that no one could name them all, even after they’d spent three hours watching them on T.V. the night before.

I wrote:

“Having several candidates of the same party kicking lumps out of each other, airing the party’s dirty laundry on national TV just months before a general election — what could be better? …


The blinding power of winning creates a paradox whereby it is the ultimate goal, while also contributing to future defeats. Winning can become blinding when it is assumed there are no lessons to learn from the loser. If the loser knew what they were doing, they’d have won. Right?

Most high performing people understand this isn’t true and freely cite their failures are being more formative than their successes. As part of a , Michael Jordan famously claimed he’s missed 9000 shots in his career, Muhammad Ali used to be robbed as a child so he learnt to fight…


Trump is unique for two interlinked reasons. Firstly, his raw communication ability. Whether it (was) through his Twitter feed or call ins to Fox and Friends, or whether it was through buying advert space implicitly calling for the death penalty for the , he connected to a group of people, who, often by their own admission, had sat on the side lines of politics for decades. In a recent article for the , Joe Scarborough sums it up, simply saying “It’s so hard to match the Donald”. If you believe (and several others), though, this…


This is more than simply cleaning up Trump’s mess.

It looks like President-elect Joe Biden will appoint as his Secretary of Defence. This would be the first time a female has been appointed to the role, so could indicate a and inclusion in his first Cabinet. But hopefully it is more than symbolism. Biden could lead a seismic shift in the way the United States handles its security.

As is often the case when seeking to move on from Trump, it has to be understood that he is a symptom of a changing world “”. The opportunity a new…


Deep in the 9/11 Commission’s report is a dire warning. An ineffective transition of power weakens the United States.

There are two concurrent crisis occurring. Firstly, the obstructionist behaviour of the outgoing Trump administration and its consequent failure to work towards a peaceful, effective transition of power. Secondly, the inability of all sane-minded peoples to convey just how dangerous this is.

Trump’s years have been characterised by ally-bashing, dictator-worshiping, and almost weekly about the risks this President poses. This message has simply not resonated. Over seventy-million people voted again for this man, many of whom I suspect are exhausted — exhausted of being reduced to racists and xenophobes, allegations they simply fail to…


“When the fall is all there is, it matters.”

Bush vs Gore 2000 is too esoteric to simplify, but that hasn’t stopped the MAGA train from trying. The problem is, even for a legal layman it is clear the comparison doesn’t work.

Since Joe Biden was declared the President elect, several Trump supporting Twitter users have sought to push the hashtag #BushGore. Citing the 2000 presidential election in which Al Gore was declared the President elect for thirty seven days before the Supreme Court ruled in Bush’s favour thus making him President instead. …

George Evans-Jones

Writing mostly on US politics from across the pond. Occasionally detour into sports/sport performance, and UK politics/culture.

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